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Charter Students Get Less Than Traditional Public Students Under New School Funding Formula

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A new school funding formula proposed by two state lawmakers would cost a billion dollars more than the current K-12 formula. And that proposal didn’t include money for charter schools. Now it appears charter school students would get a lot less money than traditional public school kids under that plan. Sources say the new formula would… Read More

Ohio Medicaid Wellness Initiatives To Include Quitting Smoking

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Gov. Mike DeWine is revealing more about the wellness initiatives that he wants to implement for the 2.8 million people on Medicaid in Ohio, including the 677,000 in Medicaid expansion. DeWine says he’ll make quitting smoking one of his Medicaid wellness initiatives. “If we can help them get healthier, it’s going to be better for… Read More

Outreach To Re-Register Voters Gets Only 540, Costs Almost Twice What Was Expected

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A project to reach out to 270,000 people deleted from the voting rolls only brought in a few hundred of them. And it also cost a lot more than expected. In February, Secretary of State Frank LaRose said his office would send registration forms to thousands removed for six years of not voting and not responding to… Read More

Conservative Group Suggests Billions In Cuts State Could Make

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A conservative think tank has put out a list of ways it thinks Gov. Mike DeWine is wasting $2.5 billion in his proposed budget. They’re listed in the latest edition of what’s called the Piglet Book. The Buckeye Institute says there’s no reason for the state to set aside $224 million on high-tech Third Frontier program grants, or… Read More

Secretary Of State Still Awaiting Final Results On Returned Registrations From Deleted Voters

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Today is the first day of early voting for the May primary – which means yesterday was the last day to register to vote. And though turnout in off-year primaries is especially low, there may be those who will try to vote but find they’ve been removed from the rolls. In February, Secretary of State… Read More

Researcher Says Online Sales Tax Ruling May Not Be Windfall For Ohio

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State lawmakers have said they want an income tax cut in the upcoming budget, but Gov. Mike DeWine wants them to invest big money in children’s initiatives and the opioid crisis. So that has some looking in and out of state for money so they can do both. The so-called Wayfair ruling from the US Supreme… Read More

Speaker Has Concerns About New School Funding Formula

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A new school funding formula from two state representatives is getting a lot of attention. But while the House Speaker calls the existing formula a “disaster”, he says the new one isn’t a done deal. If fully funded over two years, the new formula would cost just over $1 billion more than the current K-12 budget. But… Read More

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National Popular Vote Movement Gets Pushback From Conservatives

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A group is working to put before Ohio voters a constitutional amendment requiring the state’s presidential electoral votes go to the winner of the national popular vote. But a conservative group is pushing back on that idea. Democratic candidates and groups around the country have suggested abolishing the electoral college. But Rob Walgate with the… Read More

Transportation Budget Deadline Passes Without A Deal

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The deadline for a new state transportation budget with a gas tax hike came and went at midnight – without a new spending plan being signed. Lawmakers are coming back to the Statehouse this week hoping to work it out. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said the most significant disagreement continues to be the increase… Read More

Cities Threaten Lawsuits If State Brings Back Traffic Camera Rules

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There are sticking points in the debate over the transportation budget beyond how much to raise the gas tax. One of them is whether the state should impose new rules on communities using traffic cameras. Rules on speed and red light cameras are in the House transportation budget, but not the Senate’s. Nan Whaley is… Read More